Fleetwood Mac Album Reviews
Fleetwood Mac started life as a blues band in 1967, when Peter Green recruited Mick Fleetwood and John McVie as his rhythm section. The band went through a large turnover of guitarists and vocalists, including Green, Jeremy Spencer, Danny Kirwan, and Bob Welch, as they transitioned from a blues band to a pop band, and relocated from the UK to California. John McVie’s wife Christine, had also joined on vocals and keyboards.
In 1974, Fleetwood was played an unsuccessful album from a duo named Buckingham Nicks – he invited Lindsey Buckingham to join the band, and he insisted that his girlfriend Stevie Nicks was also included, forming the band’s most successful era. The band peaked commercially with 1977’s mega-selling Rumours, and it’s the group’s artistic high point as well, with the emotional turmoil around the group fuelling some great songs.
While Stevie Nicks was the identifiable star in the band, concurrently enjoying a successful solo career from 1981, Lindsey Buckingham’s studio expertise is the band’s key. His production skills add some grit and interest to the band’s material; for instance McVie’s ‘Hold Me’ is transformed from a straightforward blues song in its demo to a weird pop masterpiece in its finished version. Buckingham left the group after 1987’s Tango in the Night, and rejoined for 1997’s live The Dance. The group have since recorded a studio album (2003’s Say You Will) and an EP without Christine McVie, and as of 2016 are working on another studio album with all five of the classic lineup.
I’ve only covered the Buckingham-era albums on this page – I have little interest in the early 1990s albums without him, but I am interested in the pop-oriented albums leading up to 1975’s Fleetwood Mac, and might review them sometime.
Ten Favourite Fleetwood Mac Songs
Go Your Own Way
Second Hand News
You Make Loving Fun
Walk A Thin Line
Gold Dust Woman